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#1 Jules197300

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

Hi all
Would love some information or opinions on this topic.
I finally gave in to my little girl soon to be 7 who has been nagging me for two years to do modelling and tv ads.
I have applied on line to both bettina and kid nation agencies. They have both gotten back to me to arrange an interview (with a fee of coarse).
I am a little reluctant and not quite sure if there should a fee at all.

#2 BadCat

Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

My understanding of these things (based on my sister looking into it for her kids) is that they will charge you for everything they can think of, imply that you will get loads of bookings, and deliver very little.  There are thousands of kids who want to be models and most of them get zero work.

Tread carefully and make sure your DD knows that whatever the agencies might appear to promise there is no guarantee that you will get any work at all and rejection can hurt.

#3 Elf Ianthe

Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 12/01/2013, 01:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
(based on my sister looking into it for her kids)

OT but BC you have a sister who looked into modelling for her children? Are you sure you are related?

Earlier this week there was cinabubble's first EB post and now this! My world needs to right itself.

#4 BadCat

Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE (Ianthe @ 12/01/2013, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OT but BC you have a sister who looked into modelling for her children? Are you sure you are related?

Earlier this week there was cinabubble's first EB post and now this! My world needs to right itself.

I know right?  My sister is all makeup and fashion and girly stuff.  She and mum get on like a house on fire and I sit in the corner like a hobo that just happened to wander in.

Edited by BadCat, 12 January 2013 - 12:34 PM.

#5 twinboys

Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:39 PM

If you are in Victoria - this agency has just opened but it is for talent/acting
I was talking to the owners husband and by his accounts they are very busy with supplying kids for casting calls for acting type of roles
MP talent

Like everything though - you have to pay for your set up stuff and nothing is guaranteed!

#6 boot

Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

I just did a detailed post in the Dads forum area looking at the Talent agencies from a guys perspective.  Take a look at http://www.essentialkids.com.au/forums/ind...owtopic=1046567

In short, the financial costs of doing talent jobs outweigh the profits.  

The hourly rate becomes small when looking at travel costs and travel time and there are 2 persons dividing the profits.  The fees for the agencies are essential to their business and they need to push push push kids onto their databases.  The agencies consider the jobs to be a mere hobby.  The child will need about 1 job a month for a year to pay off the fees after costs which parents forget to factor in.

The question to ask is whether the hobby is the best one to build up your child and your relationship?

#7 Apageintime

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 12/01/2013, 01:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My understanding of these things (based on my sister looking into it for her kids) is that they will charge you for everything they can think of, imply that you will get loads of bookings, and deliver very little.  There are thousands of kids who want to be models and most of them get zero work.

Tread carefully and make sure your DD knows that whatever the agencies might appear to promise there is no guarantee that you will get any work at all and rejection can hurt.

I've had a few friends get scammed with this sort of thing too.

Why don't you try drama classes instead?

#8 BeYOUtiful

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:11 AM

You may be better off entering her pic/s in competitions like parenting mags, Pumpkin Patch, etc where you only have to buy a magazine or an outfit to enter.

Smaller outlay and you will get an indication if she has the look agents are looking for.

I had some photos done of our son just for us and won a modelling shoot.  There were mums there with many changes of clothes and I just took 2 lol.  Week or so after the shoot they showed us pics and were charging a small fortune!  I took a free portrait and that was it.
A week or so later he advised me an agency were interested in my sons pics. He said I would hear from them in the new year.  I am certainly not holding my breath.

I'm not interested in an ongoing modelling career for him but wouldn't object to 1 or 2 catalogue shoots if he was willing.  He had some cracker faces and poses at the modelling shoot so I think that it was his personality that appealed to them?!

This agency put your child's pics on their site and agents choose from those as opposed to going in for shoots apparently.  I can't recall their name, will see if I can find it.

#9 wildflowers

Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:45 AM

My daughter is with an agency. We only paid to get some photos and for membership on ecaster which is what the agents use to send details to casting directors.  She has been to a couple of auditions and had a small role in a movie and she has only been with them a few months.  It is fun for her.

We were told at the start that there is no guarantee of how much work you will get. The agency also runs courses which help kids to learn how to audition.

My daughter learns acting at our local theatre which she loves.

#10 aiw

Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:46 PM

How do people find Cute Kids Modelling agency? Worth it or not?

#11 Mumsyto2

Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:30 PM

I think you will find there are some that you don't have to pay for.

We have been approached twice now for DD at child related things. One was a large play centre & another a child centred festival. The first was a photographer (took photos at kids parties if parents wanted including the one DD was at & apparently had the centres blessing to approach parents as he was also paid as a spotter for some talent agency). The other was supposedly a talent spotter just wandering around at the festival. Both wanted her to go to an agency & have photos etc - we were told at no cost with no other costs. They gave us cards and told us to check out it was ridgy didge with no funny business. The guy at the festival was begging us as he said she was a shoe in for some kids clothes collection with photo work in Japan or some such tosh. He raved we were mad not to & stressed nothing would cost us money & she would make us a fortune. Nice. We declined on both occasions.

So I would ring around places as some places don't seem to charge. Failing that hang around kids play centres & kids stuff. Also the guy at the play centre also gave us a CD with pics of DD on it as he took lots of her at the party she went to - obviously not good enough for a modelling agency, apparently they take their own but it was a nice gesture (supposedly to show he was genuine or serious or something).

Edited by Mumsyto2, 09 September 2013 - 02:34 PM.

#12 Satay Chicken

Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:46 PM

I worked in the office of a child modelling agency and was appalled at how they were ripping people off!

Firstly they had thousands of kids on their books, charged a fistful in membership fees and photography - 99% of the kids never got any work.

Eventually they were shut down and I think the owners ended up in big trouble with the law!

Don't do it....

#13 Mummy_Em

Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:42 AM

What about compromise with a grooming and deportment type course as a hobby (aimed at her age, obviously).

#14 dogsneaker

Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:35 PM

I know the thread started sometime ago OP, just wondering whether you signed your DD up with an agency in the end?

I signed my son up with an agency when he was 12 mths. He's done magazine covers, editorials, catalogues and ads in both Aus and overseas for the past 3 years. Last job was for Mambo. My DD on the other hand has had no castings or jobs even though IMO she just as cute! Sometimes it's a case of not fitting the brief for the job.

I can tell you that there are reputable agencies in Aus and which ones have had consistently bad feedback - Bettina is one of them. I've not met a parent who has a positive thing to say about Bettina. It is true, if an agency will guarantee work for your child then they are lying to you.

I met lots of kids from Brats Models, Starfish kids and Bambini Talent Group who have done really well and have had excellent representation. Sign up cost, commission fee and number of photos (normally 6) included, membership to AT2 are the same amongst the larger agencies. Also the agency my son is with at the moment gave us a 50% discount on our yearly renewal fee so there is incentive to stick with one.


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